Established in 1984 by Christopher King, Cardiff Violins started life as a small workshop in Cardiff Bay, primarily servicing the Welsh National Opera, BBC Orchestra, amateur players, teachers and college students. Prior to this, Chris had worked as a violin repairer for many years in Kent, and then studied at the Welsh College Of Instrument Making and Repairing, where he met Michael Quinn, one of his most talented students, who joined him at the end of his studies. They have remained joined at the hip ever since!
As its reputation for quality workmanship spread, Cardiff Violins as it is known today opened in Castle Arcade in 1993, with Cécile Limon running the shop. Since then, the shop has more than tripled in size, with expansions in workshop space, trying out rooms, and additional staff, including Chris's children Emily in the shop and office and Daniel in the workshop.
With nearly 40 years experience working with stringed instruments, Chris has acquired much knowledge and devised several unique processes for enabling an instrument to sound at its best. His set ups are particularly popular and customers from all parts of the UK and also abroad visit the shop especially for these.